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HIoTCoE Panel – Charting the New Frontier: Health and Wellness at Home

HIoTCoE Panel – Charting the New Frontier: Health and Wellness at Home

Session Abstract:

Enabling technologies combined with new reimbursement models and incentives are paving the way to deliver cost-effective and scalable workflows to provide a range of acuity care levels for health / wellness @ home opportunities.


Eric Abbott is a seasoned technology executive with a deep understanding of digital services, healthcare IT solutions, and connectivity infrastructure. Eric is Healthcare Business Executive at Cisco Systems, leading the healthcare services practice in Cybersecurity and Digital Transformation practices including Performance IT, Collaboration and Communications, Smart Hospital, and Location Based Services. He is also an executive advisor to Analytics4Medicine, a Consumer Digital Health startup seeking to tackle the challenge of diagnosing and treating hypertension. Prior to this, Eric was Sr. Director of Strategy and Innovation at Advocate Aurora Health, an integrated healthcare network serving Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. There, he led the IT strategy for enterprise solutions to modernize and improve care delivery services on behalf of the Virtual Health, Population Health, Home Health, and Managed Care business lines. Prior to this, Eric led Product Management and Strategic Business Development initiatives at various high technology companies focused on the healthcare, public safety, and commercial enterprise markets in various roles of increasing responsibility. Eric also teaches graduate course in the Master of Health Informatics (MHI) program at Northwestern University. Eric holds a Master of Science degree in Medical Informatics from Northwestern University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, and a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), the Delaware Association of Professional Engineers (DAPE), and the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).

SASRich G Kenny, RN, MMCi, is the SAS Health Care Industry Executive Advisor. A nurse first, his prior office used to be the back of a helicopter for Duke Life Flight where, as a nurse, he gained experience in just about every type of hospital and care setting. Seeing the blurring line between health care operations and technology, he pivoted his career into informatics to drive the development and adoption of analytics into care delivery and operations. Rich has led operations at Duke Health, one of the oldest flight programs in the U.S., and has consulted for the world’s largest health systems and cancer centers with PricewaterhouseCoopers. At the onset of the pandemic, Rich returned to Duke to create their hospital at home program and remote patient monitoring strategy before his non-linear career brought him to SAS in Cary, NC, where he now serves as an “Intrapraneur” to mature the use of advanced analytics in the health care provider industry.

Julian Durand is Intertrust’s vice president of product management and chief information security officer where he is responsible for owning the IoT product leading the PKI team and overseeing security practices for the company. He brings over 30 years of experience in bringing breakthrough products to market at a massive scale and is a named inventor in Digital Rights Management (DRM), Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual SIM technologies. Before joining Intertrust, Julian brought SaaS and PaaS products to market for construction telematics and real time cyber risk analysis at TeMeDa and CyberLucent respectively, taking both companies to profitability from initial seed funding startups. At Qualcomm Julian led product security; virtual SIM development; child tracking sold as Best Buy’s “Little Buddy”; and the company’s first efforts in IoT doubling revenue year on year for the first three years and catalyzing what is now a billion-dollar business. Prior to that, he was the technical lead for Nokia’s first music phone. Julian holds a B.Eng from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, an MBA from the University of Southern California (USC) and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).

Jasen Thacker is a Regional Business Development Manager at Link Labs, and brings more than 15 years of experience in selling IoT solutions to healthcare companies. He is responsible for developing positive client relationships and providing engagement services to implement client programs, to better align client strategies specializing in the healthcare industry. Prior to his career in sales, Jasen served in the U.S. Navy as Damage Controlman.

Catherine Robison, BSN, RN – Propelled by the belief that data, research and innovative solutions have the power to transform healthcare, CJ Robison has developed a diverse and extensive portfolio of expertise in the medical field. As a registered nurse with a degree in biology, CJ began her career on a medical-surgical floor that specializes in geriatric oncology. Following her time in direct patient care, she served as the Magnet Program Director and Manager of Professional Practice at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Virginia where she was instrumental in improving electronic workflows, running workload-acuity models and quantifying resources required to deliver care.  Following this effort, CJ went on to design and manage an array of process improvement initiatives across Sentara.  During the early days of the Pandemic, CJ led a region-wide COVID-mask-making initiative, managing over 1,000 volunteers. In three months, over 40,000 masks  were delivered to nearly 100 organizations throughout the Hampton Roads region. In her “free” time, CJ enjoys spending time with her three rambunctious children, reading extensively and riding horses.


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